in my heart

Being a mother was supposed to be natural and easy.

but it wasn’t for me

Being a mother was supposed to be pure joy.

But it hasn’t been for me.

Being a mother was supposed to be what I was made for.

But it’s been difficult for me.

Being a mother was supposed to “make me understand” what my mom said all those times when she was worried or happy or proud or scared or just overwhelmed.

And it has.

Being a mother has made me believe in things I thought only happened to other people…

love at first sight
getting lost in someone’s eyes
napping with someone in my space
being comfortable with someone in my personal bubble
wanting sick cuddles
seeing my exact personality in someone else
my heart leeping when I see these two smile together
filling with pride for something I “did” yet….didn’t do.
feeling a perfect and uncomplicated love
and being ok with sippys in the bed

I  now understand that simple line in the Christmas story that reads,

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19)

Being a mother has taught me what I already know:  time is so very temporary.

And I need to treasure each moment.

Happy Mother’s Day.


Thank you to Cort and Eddie for making my Mother’s Day so special.
Tomorrow I will continue my blogging tips series, but I needed to share my heart today.


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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Love it and all so true! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. Beautiful, Katie! Just beautiful. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Happy Mother’s Day Katie!!

  4. Beautiful, Katie….just beautiful.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend!

  5. Great pictures. From Burson Nation to Sluiter Nation, Happy Mommy’s day.

  6. Simply gorgeous, my friend.
    Much love to you today and wishes for a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  7. So lovely! Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures. What a beautiful family! Have a very Happy Mothers Day!

  8. So very beautiful, Katie. The words and the pictures.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, my friend.

  9. Beautiful post. And he’s such a cutie! Happy Mother’s Day!

  10. Beautiful pictures. I love all of the napping/sleeping ones. My favorite activity. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  11. I can’t believe how big Eddie is! What a cutie.

  12. that was so beautiful…GORGEOUS PICTURES and the words of a mommy who is in love with her son. You make a stunning PAIR!!!!!

    HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY my sweet sweet friend.

  13. Beautiful Post w/even more beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing and Happy Mother’s Day! (belated though it may be)

  14. Simply gorgeous. The words and the pictures.

    But how come I feel like scooping up my kids and taking a nap now?

    So glad your Mother’s Day was THAT lovely.

  15. I sincerely mean it when I say that just-given-birth photo is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

    And the B&W one was pretty kick ass, too. 🙂

    Happy Mama’s Day, Katie!

  16. So lovely!!

  17. What a gorgeous post! Happy (belated) mother’s day to you. I hope you had a wonderful day with your guys 🙂

    (I love that he has not one sippy, but TWO sippys in bed. So perfectly the way life actually happens!)

  18. Thanks for making me cry…jerk…kidding…totally love you and this post. Made me seriously sniff.

  19. Beautiful and, even though I have one the same age as yours, this post made me want one more. Hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

  20. This is wonderful. Motherhood sucks sometimes, but it is such a perfect teacher and I’m right there with you on all of these things. Especially seeing my exact personality in someone. OMG, Lucas is JUST like me and it is so scary. And wonderful.

    I hope you had a lovely mother’s day. 🙂

  21. Beautiful Katie!! And I relate to sooo much of this because those things didn’t come easy to me, either.

  22. So beautiful Katie, You have a gorgeous family. Glad you had an awesome Mother’s Day.

  23. This is so very beautiful and true!

    I hope your day was special.

  24. Love all the photos and the reminder about Mary. I hope you did have a wonderful Mother’s Day Katie!! xo

  25. Happy sighs. No matter the battles we’ve been through, they are still so, so very worth it.

    Love you.